New Release: Human Planet DVD and Blu-ray

BBC Human PlanetFew companies do nature documentaries as well as the BBC, and the company’s Human Planet series arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26, 2011.

In stores two days after the TV show finished its U.S. broadcast on the Discovery Channel, Human Planet was filmed over four years in more than 70 locations and tells 80 stories of human behavior from around the world. As said by show producer Dale Templar, “This series rediscovers the unique and critical replationship that still exists between us and the natural world.” The show is “a celebration of how human beings have adapted to live with nature at its most extreme.”

Among the series’ stories: a line of women and children who use star and sand dune patterns to traverse the Sahara in order to trade dates and find water from a single well; children in Kenya who hunt for honey with birds as their guides while braving trees buzzing with killer bees.

The show is narrated by actor John Hurt (Harry Potter movies, 44 Inch Chest) and features a soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney.

The DVD and Blu-ray will include all eight episodes of the program, priced at $39.98 and $49.98, respectively. Both will contain a set of 10-minute making-of featurettes, and the Blu-ray also will have BD-Live access to the movie Zanskar, about the people on the edge of the Himalayas.

A Human Planet hardcover companion book is available now.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.